Initiatives that get people with Alzheimer’s involved in art and creative workshops are producing remarkably posistive results. Dozen of day care centers, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities are using drawing, painting and museum visits as effective therapies, making it possible to improve the quality of life and restore a dialogue between caregivers and families. Scientists have discovered that the parts of the brain related to emotions and creativity are largely spared by the disease. Today, experts recognize the benefits of these new approaches that dramatically change the way we look at Alzheimer’s.
Including seven bonus features: “Organizing an Outing”, “Organizing a Creative Workshop”, “The Importance of Physical Exercise”, “Recreating Social Bonds”, “The Hearthstone Method”, “The Memory Gardens” and “Art and Care Until the Last Stages.” This is an essential DVD for all people who have some relation with the disease, those who want to learn more about non-pharmacological possibilities for dealing with the disease, and institutions exploring methods for patients and residences.
RECREATING SOCIAL BONDS
Using a board game that he invented as well as family videos, Dr. Gene Cohen of George Washington University has succeeded in renewing bonds of communication between people with Alheimer’s and their loved ones.
ORGANIZING AN OUTING
How do you go about taking a group to a museum, the circus, a glass factory, the wimming pool, the movies, or a restaurant? Who should you contact? Who should accompany the group? What benefits can you expect?
THE MEMORY GARDEN
Christian Engelbert and his team have established a remarkable specialized residence near Brussels where residentes participate in multiple activities designed to induce vitality, self-confidence and good humor. The results are impressive.
THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE
Dr. Sam Sisodia at the University of Chicago is well on the way to proving the preventive effects of exercise against developing Alzheimer’s. And those who develop the disease can benefit on many levels from staying active and maintaining their body.
ART AND CARE IN THE LATER STAGES
Professor Reisberg and Dr. Kenowsky at New York University describe retrogenesis and the possibilities provided by the arts and other creative activities to care for patients in the later stages, minimizing suffering.
ORGANIZING A CREATIVE WORKSHOP
How to organize a creative workshop? What conditions are conducive to success? What are the problems to avoid, the goals to set? Do you need a professional art therapist? We explored different methods for fostering the participants’ creativity in France, Holland, and the US.
THE HEARTHSTONE WAY
John Zeisel, author of the acclaimed book “I’m Still Here,” has created assisted-living facilities specially designed for people with Alzheimer’s, taking into account all aspects of the disease and providing an appropriate response to every possible need.